USA strike is a clear signal to Syria, Russia and Iran

USA strike is a clear signal to Syria, Russia and Iran

British Prime Minister Theresa May said she had authorised British armed forces "to conduct coordinated and targeted strikes to degrade the Syrian regime's chemical weapons capability".

The main town in Eastern Ghouta, and the last to have escaped government control, is Douma, the site of the alleged chemical attack on April 7 that prompted the unprecedented Western reaction.

The Russian military had vowed to respond to any attack, and President Vladimir Putin's administration had repeatedly warned Trump was taking America down a unsafe path. But the United Nations has documented dozens of chemical attacks since then and opposition activists claim the government has carried out hundreds of attacks with chlorine, which isn't illegal to possess but is prohibited for use as a weapon. He is not giving details about what equipment is involved in the operation or what sites it is targeting.

Russian President Vladimir Putin called the strike illegal and "an act of aggression on a sovereign state". In any event, the United States, under my Administration, has done a great job of ridding the region of ISIS. We've seen it happen in Libya and Iraq: "on one hand, the resources of these countries were plundered, on the other, a lot of weapons got sold to terrorist groups", al Shami said.

"Since this was blocked by Russian Federation there was no other alternative than to react the way they reacted at this time". Russian officials had said US and Russian military staffs remained in contact regarding Syria, even as Russian media carried stories in recent days about the potential outbreak of "World War III" as a outcome of a USA airstrike against Assad.

Associated Press reporters in Damascus saw smoke rising from east Damascus early Saturday morning local time.

Protesters gathered in Chicago Saturday to condemn the United States' strike against Syria.

By firing 105 missiles at Syrian chemical weapons targets before dawn Saturday, the U.S., Britain and France sent a clear message to dictator Bashar Assad: they will not tolerate his regime's use of toxic gas and other weapons of mass destruction against his own citizens.

"Never said when an attack on Syria would take place".

"The Security Council has failed in its duty to hold those who use chemical weapons to account", Haley said at a meeting of the U.N. Security Council that was called by Russian Federation over Friday night's strikes.

"Trump calls the two countries those "most responsible for supporting, equipping and financing the criminal Assad regime".

Marine Lieutenant General Kenneth F. McKenzie, director of the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, said the allied airstrikes "took out the heart" of Mr Assad's chemical weapons arsenal.

"Air strikes always boost the president's popularity", said Pape. He said the three nations have "marshaled their righteous power".

And she warned that Syria and its allies, which include Iran, should not be "foolish enough to test our will".

"Very soon, very soon, we're coming out", Trump said to a crowd in Richfield, Ohio, on March 30.

Only 10 days ago, Trump told national security aides that he wanted United States forces out of Syria in about six months.

Defense Secretary James Mattis said Friday night that the U.S. was expecting a disinformation campaign by those aligned with the Assad regime.

He says a "combined operation" with France and the United Kingdom is underway. Assad, who has denied ever using chemical weapons against his opponents, responded to the strikes with a defiant vow.

President Donald Trump declared "mission accomplished" in Friday night's strike on three Syria targets and argued that it "could not have had a better result".